Michigan prosecutor targets activist who films policeSubmitted by Resistance_2009 on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 07:00
Michigan prosecutor targets activist who films police
By Martin Hill
February 14, 2013
A Michigan activist known for filming police is facing a three month jail sentence after his video of his pulling over a Detroit cop for not wearing his seat belt went viral on youtube.
Steve McClain, who has made an avocation of exposing corruption among police and other government agents, is being charged with 'reckless driving'. After initially being appointed a public defender, McClain determined that his lawyer was not trustworthy and decided to represent himself. McClain noted that his former lawyer, after speaking with the prosecutor, had asked him "Steve, what the heck did you do, these guys want to hang you!" Incredibly, in an over-the-top effort to discredit the liberty activist, the prosecutor also wants to get McClain to have a psychiatric evaluation.
WATCH VID: Steve McClain Detroit Cop Reckless Driving
The police report, which can be found here, lists officer Robert Andrew Huckestein as the "victim". The offense is reckless driving, although the officer did not see fit to even attempt to pull over, cite or arrest McCalin at the time of the incident. Only after international media attention did the department seek prosecution. They mailed him a summons after the fact. Police have refused to give McClain a copy of the police dash cam and claimed that the video captured nothing, despite the officer's allegations that McClain was "cutting him off coming to a stop on the roadway". Unfortunately for police, McClain has an elaborate recording system set up in his vehicle which covers all angles. The reporting officer E.R. Garfat noted "I was advised by other officers Southgate PD and other local departments have had similar incidents involving a white male driving a burgandy van filming officers not wearing their seat belts. The individual was indentified as Steven McClain." This proves that McClain's prosecution is little more than a political vendetta intended to stifle free speech and chill those who seek government accountability.
Originally published by McClain under his youtube account savemyrepublic on Oct 18, 2012, the video now has 89,361 views and has been featured on Fox News with Megyn Kelly, Fox News Detroit, Inside edition, and many others. [See also Another Fox report, United States political prisoner, and Citizen prepares surrender to police.] The video description reads:
"I have pled not guilty to a charge of reckless driving. This will now go to a jury trial, pre trial date 2-1-13 9.00 AM, Southgate Court.
10-17-12, 12 miles south of Detroit. I have absolutely have had it with our thug Government....
McClain told LibertyFight that "Most people believe Law Enforcement are exempt from seat belt laws. If you have time see my video, Seat Belt Laws, Mankinds Greatest Mystery Finally Answered, I got it right from the TOP!"
He added "if there is any way to get Savemyrepublic noticed would be a big help. I would love to afford better cameras and spend more time to step up my program. Also as of now I am going to represent myself, as this court appointed attorney is a total disaster."
Dissecting the police report, McClain adds "Note, just to be sure you do not miss anything. 1. My cameras are on tri pods, white male not pointing anything....
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Veterans Today, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, Republic Broadcasting Network, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com.